This article aims to familiarise you with what it is like for international students in Belgium. We focus on informing you on general university-related topics, like fees, deadlines, entry requirements, and so on. Hopefully, reading this article brings you one step closer to being able to make the right and informed decision on where you want to continue your studies. 

  • It takes 6 years to complete the medical course in Belgium.  
  • These are usually divided into pre-clinical years, and clinical years. 
  • In your pre-clinical studies, you will focus on learning the theory of medicine and healthcare. 
  • And in your clinical years, you will be able to experience working in the health care environment. 
  • After these studies are completed, you will need to go on to do two more years to become a qualified general doctor. 


  • To be a successful applicant you need to be over the age of 17.  
  • You need to have completed higher education in physics, chemistry, biology and English.  
  • In physics, chemistry and biology the combined mark needs to be at least 75%. 
  • When it comes to your English, if you aren’t a native English speaker and are studying an English course, you will need to prove your English proficiency by taking the IELTS or TOEFL.  
  • Furthermore, depending on the university you are applying for, you might also be required to be competent in Flemish, French and/or German.  

An additional requirement is that you take and pass the entrance exam. 


  • In order to be considered a potential candidate for a medical degree in Belgium, you will need to be successful in the medical entrance exam. 
  • This test is provided by The Belgian ministry of education, and it tests your eligibility to study at Belgian medical universities. 
  • In the first part of the test, your knowledge of Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics will be assessed.  
  • In the second part, they will assess your critical analysis skills and communication skills. 


The application process differs greatly depending on what university you are applying to, and what country you are applying from.  

In general, for your application, some of the documents you will be asked to provide include 

  • your passport 
  • your educational degrees 
  • the results of the language tests you have taken 

Furthermore, in most cases, you will also need to write a motivation letter, as well as provide the university with a reference letter. 

  • A reference letter is a letter written by someone else about you, and why you are qualified to study this course.  
  • This letter must include who this person is and their connection to you.  
  • Reference letters are usually written by teachers about their students, or if you have experience in working in the medical field, as an apprentice or a volunteer and so on, you could ask your boss for a reference letter. This letter should be anywhere between 300 to 400 words.  
  • The motivation letter is written by you.  
  • Here you should explain why you’re the right candidate for this course.  
  • You should talk about who you are, what you like, what your interests are, your past experience, and your future goals. This should be around 500 to 700 words. 


The application deadline depends on whether or not you need a visa.  

  • For those who do not need a visa, the application deadline is at the start of June.  
  • If you do need a visa the application deadline is at the start of March. 


For international students, the tuition fees for studying medicine in Belgium can range anywhere from £1,850 to £4,515.  


  • Unfortunately, the scholarships provided by universities available for international students in Belgium tend to be given to those studying for a master’s degree.  
  • However, depending on your situation you might qualify for scholarships that are being awarded by outside organisations.  
  • The website ‘scholarship portal’ provides a list of scholarships available to anyone who is looking to study abroad, you can have a look at this website and see if you fit the required criteria.  

That brings us to the end of this article, we sincerely hope this has helped put things more in perspective for you, and that you are feeling more informed than before you started reading this. If you feel as though Belgium might not be the right choice for you, please don’t hesitate to check out the other articles we have on this topic relating to other countries, and please look forward to our future articles on this topic that will be coming out soon. 

If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?

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